*Before we start, we gotta say you MUST do your own research! This is not professional or medical advice, but just personal experience and research.
A lot of people take Omega 3 fish oil. (If you don’t, you should consider it!)
A lot of people also unknowingly take half-assed made kind of fish oil that isn’t as effective. Myself included- I took the cheap ass COSTCO brand for the first entire year! It turns out that not all fish oil is created equal.
But before we touch on that, here’s a little background or refresher on why Omega 3 Fish Oil kicks ass.
Omega 3 Fish Oil Benefits Include:
+It’s nutrients for the brain. It helps support normal growth and development, and helps ward off inflammation. Oh you know… says Harvard. Lol 😉
+It’s freaking GREAT for the heart. It lowers blood pressure and reduces triglycerides, thus lowering the risk of irregular heart rhythms, stroke, and heart attacks. Mayo Clinic backs it, but there are studies who challenge this claim!
+It promotes eye health. It’s great for dry eyes and there are studies showing how it helps in the developmental stage of the eye but many are still split on whether or not fish oil aids in the preservation of it too.
+It’s good for skin. There are studies that claim regular supplementation can dull sensitivity to UV rays (big plus!) and also aid in healing with certain skin disorders such as psoriasis. Not to mention… I personally notice that since taking the right kind of fish oil, my skin feels less dry (especially after I put on retinol- I don’t get flaky anymore!) and retains more of its “dewiness.” Just my own observation!
+It’s good for the hair. The fatty acids are said to help promote healthy hair follicles by helping to keep them hydrated. And I swear to G I think it makes my hair grow a little longer and thicker lol.
“Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that your body can’t synthesize. This means you must get it in your diet or via supplementation. Without getting into scientific jargon, omega-3’s are necessary for normal growth and development and are also anti-inflammatory.”
If you’re looking for more third party research: Reviews.com did an incredible job with extremely detailed testing among brands and quality. Worth looking at it if you want to dive deeper into the fish oil knowledge out there.
Here’s what’s more: in order for our fish oil to work at it’s best, it’s gotta be some good, quality shit.
Most fish oil can leave you with a fishy aftertaste or make you kinda burpy (Not cute!) Or it can even upset your stomach a little. Well, real-deal quality made fish oil is not supposed to do that. In fact, if your fish oil is doing that right now, it’s probably not working effectively.
My Mom is a big believer in taking Omega 3 fish oils (She’s an Eye Doctor so she’s big on the eye health part) and anyway, she broke it down for me once like this:
“The cheap fish oil doesn’t cut it. When fish oil is processed, they have to take the mercury out and when this happens it splits the fish oil molecules up. But the cheap brands aren’t spending the money to put the molecules back together correctly in their natural form (the quality brands however, are!) so it ends up going rancid– hence the fishy taste. To make up for the fishy taste, the cheaper brands often create a thicker coating for the pill which actually negates the benefits because it takes WAY longer to break down.”
Here’s more research on this. Basically, when it’s done right and the money is spent to put the molecules back in the proper form, there should be no fishy aftertaste, less chance of spoilage, and a faster absorption rate into the body.
The kind I take is Nordic ProOmega Soft Gels and I absolutely love them. And by the way, this post is not sponsored (we did use affiliate links though! Just a heads up) I just really, really love their brand and wanted to recommend it. I’ve not once had a fishy aftertaste. And in the last year, since switching the good ish, I feel like I notice those Omega 3s going to work harder for me now. 😉
So upgrade your fish oil, people! And if you’re just trying it for the first time, don’t skimp on quality! I’ll lecture anyone who asks haha! See…
Last thought: have you guys ever tried Omega 3 fish oil? Or what supplements are you big on? Let’s discuss!